Talk on Simon de Montfort by Richard Brooks

We are pleased to announce as part of our February meeting there will be Talk by historian Richard Brooks on Simon de Montfort – Martyr or Mountebank?

Thursday 25 Feb 2016 7:30pm start at the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton. NN4 7HW

Richard Brooks is a freelance military historian with a particular interest in the intersection of naval and military history, and the use of hitherto untapped sources to develop fresh insights into past campaigns. Richard is the author of “Lewes and Evesham 1264-65: Simon de Montfort and the Barons’ War” and “The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217” both for Osprey. Previous books for Osprey include Solferino 1859 and Walcheren 1944. He was also Consultant Editor for The Times History of War.

Free to full members, otherwise £5.00 on the door.

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Change of Speaker – 22 Oct

Change of speaker for 22 Oct. It will now be ‘The Strange World of Medieval Medicine’ looks at the variety of ideas underpinning medicine in this period. They include astrology, spirituality and humoural theory based on ancient Greek texts, as well as practical observation of which herbs had healing qualities.s. Starts 7:30pm. Members free, non-members £5.00 on the door.

http://www.healing-in-history.co.uk/about-us

Dates for your diary

Our next event will be on 4 July at Delapre Abbey, Northampton, where there will be walks, talks, living history and a foot tournament by the Harrington Companye. Talk at 11:30am, Walk at 13:30. Free event

On 10 July there will be a memorial walk for the fallen, with roses laid at Queen Eleanor’s Cross. Leaves the Abbey car park at 18:30.

Our next talk will be 23 July 7:30pm at the Marriott Hotel, Northampton. Our speaker will be Michael Brown from Prebendal Manor (http://www.prebendal-manor.co.uk/prebendal-garden.html) talking about the medieval garden. He will be bringing some examples too. Look forward to seeing you. Members free, non members £5.00.

Next talk – 25th June.

Ever wonder who the knights were? How they fitted into the nobility. How their armour and weapons change? These and many more questions (plus a bit of Northants medieval history) will all be answered in our talk “The Knights Tale”

25 June, 7:30pm The Marriott Hotel. Eagle Drive, Northampton

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Next Talk – 28 May

28 May, our own Phil Steele will be giving a talk on the Battle of Bouvines – the battle that lost King John the Angevin Empire.

At the Marriott Hotel, Northampton 7:30pm Free to members, £5 non-members.

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Next talk – 30 April 2015

Our next talk will be “In search of Northampton Castle” by Andy Chapman who led the archaeologists in the recent excavations of the castle site. It will be on Thurs, 30 April at 7:30pm Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton.

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Dates for your Diary

Our forthcoming talks

Thursday, 26 March 2015 – Andy Lubienski is giving a talk on medieval games. Marriott Hotel Eagle Drive, Northampton. 7:30 start £3,00 per person.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 – Andy Chapman, “In search of Northampton Castle”

Marriott Hotel Eagle Drive, Northampton. 7:30 start £3,00 per person.

13/14 June 2015 – Battle of Naseby Anniversary Event. See http://www.Naseby.com for more more details

Saturday, 4 July 2015 – 1460 Battle of Northampton anniversary event, with foot tournament by Sir William Harrington’s Companye, Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Friday, 10 July 2015 – 1460 Battle of Northampton memorial walk from Delapre Abbey to Queen Eleanor’s Cross where flowers will be laid in memory of the fallen.

History of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire has always played an important part in the history of Britain. Sadly it is a current trend that modern historians leave the county out of narratives of important events such as the wars between Saxons and Vikings, the sealing of the Magna Carta, the Second Barons War, the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War.

In an attempt to redress the balance, we are making available below a potted history of the county as two pdf’s. Part 1 covers Saxons to the mid 15c, Part 2. the Wars of the Roses to the Black Watch Mutiny.

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January Meeting

Although we will not be having a meeting in December due to the Xmas hols we are pleased to announce our first meeting of 2015 will be on Thurs 29 Jan at 7:30 pm. Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton. Our speaker will be Rev. Peter Wadsworth from St. Albans. He will be talking about medieval religion. If you have not seen him before, he is brilliant and has incredible depth of knowledge.£3.00 per person

NBS wins ‘Community Star’ award

We are pleased to announce that Northampton Battlefield Society has been awarded a Community Star Award by the NN48 Community Group which covers the area around Delapré, Far Cotton and Briar Hill in Northampton. There are ten awards in total including the Community Group Award, The Charity Champion Award and the Good Neighbour Award. NBS has been awarded ‘The Roy Connell Award’ for a Community Group have fought for what they believe in. The award itself is in memory of the late Roy Connell, who was the chair of Far Cotton Residents Association and who fought tirelessly for what he believed in for the benefit of the community.

Chair Mike Ingram said, ‘ We are honoured and grateful to receive this award, and although it may sound like a cliché, this really is an award for all those in the community who have said enough is enough, this is our green space and our battlefield, and we don’t want it destroyed. A big thanks must also go to those people and organisations such as Mortimer, the Battlefields Trust and English Heritage who have been helping behind the scenes’.